A NUMBER of birds died due to shock and exposure to the cold after a burglar left the door to a pet shop open, a court heard.
Sean Brady (34) was arrested after DNA evidence linked him to a glove found at the scene.
Judge Denis McLoughlin sentenced Brady to three months in prison.
The defendant, of Clonliffe Road, Drumcondra, had admitted before Swords District Court to burglary at Kinsealy Pet Store, Posie Row, Kinsealy, on October 24, 2013.
Gda Killian Leydon said officers were on routine patrol when they received an intruder alert call from the owner of the pet shop.
Gda Leydon said Brady was seen running away from the aviary.
He said garda technical experts analysed a glove left at the scene and the DNA was a match to Brady's.
Gda Leydon said a number of birds escaped from the pet store, and the owner lost stock worth €620. This was due to exposure to the cold and to shock. Some also fled when the doors to the aviary were left open.
Defence lawyer Patrick Jackson said Brady had a drug problem at the time and was trying to make money to feed his habit.
Mr Jackson said Brady is on methadone and serving a 12-month sentence after a judge partially activated a three-year suspended sentence.
Imposing a three-month consecutive sentence, Judge McLoughlin said Brady has to learn actions have consequences.